The Lord gives sleep

Date: Saturday, April 6

ScripturePsalm 127

Verse: It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved. (Psalm 127:2)

One of the reasons we find it difficult to rest is that there is so much to do. There is always more to do for work, things I would like to do around the house, cars to maintain, groceries to buy, laundry to do, kids to get to practice, parents who need us, vacations to plan, side projects we’d like to accomplish… Wow, just typing that raised my heartbeat a few beats per minute. The way we mitigate all those tasks is by getting up a little earlier, going to bed a little later, filling our evenings and Saturdays with tasks, and taking every available moment we have to be productive. 

We tend to think of this as a 21st century problem, but the Psalmist knew about it many years before Jesus’ birth. He calls it a labor that “is in vain.” It is as if he is telling us while we may be fooling ourselves into believing giving up rest for the sake of productivity is smart, it is actually affecting our ability to get everything done. Sleep and rest are gifts from God. Don’t give them away so easily. 

In fact, stop reading this and go rest. 

Prayer: Thank you God for the gift of rest. Give me the wisdom to use it well. Amen. 

Action: Get some rest this weekend. 

Respond: When have you sacrificed sleep and leisure for productivity, only to find you still are not getting everything done? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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